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Whale-Watching Cruise from Island Mariner (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Bellingham

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In a Nutshell

70- to 90-mile whale-watching cruise travels around San Juan Islands, launching from marina about 2 miles from I-5, with free parking

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 29, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 48-hour cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must sign waiver. The voucher must be used in 1 visit. $64 option valid only 5/17-7/1/14 and 9/2-9/28/14; $79 option valid only 5/17-9/28/14. Extra $5 fuel surcharge may apply. Tax and gratuity not included; must pay at check-in. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Schools of whales inspire awe with their majestic size and the way they understand the lyrics to "Louie Louie." Marvel at a versatile beast with this Groupon.

Schools of whales inspire awe with their majestic size and the way they understand the lyrics to "Louie Louie." Marvel at a versatile beast with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $64 for a whale-watching tour, redeemable May 17–July 1 and September 1–September 28 ($129 value)
  • $79 for a whale-watching tour, redeemable May 17–September 28 ($129 value)

During the 70- to 90-mile cruise around San Juan Islands––and sometimes the Canadian Gulf Islands––qualified naturalists focus on orca spotting with opportunities to spy grey, humpback, and minke whales. Tours last six to seven hours, and the season ends in September.

Island Mariner

Since 1962, owner and U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captain Terry Buzzard has gotten to know the San Juan Islands and surrounding miles of water pretty well. Having hauled mail for the Post Office, salvaged wrecks, assisted in oil spill cleanups, and ferried passengers throughout the San Juan Islands, he has built quite a resumé of seafaring. This relationship with water isn't so surprising considering he began boating at the age of 3 when he was allowed to pilot a single-horsepower boat by himself with his trained rescue dog, Rusty.

Regardless of the actual job he's performing, Terry is always drawn to whales. By 1978, this fascination lead him to chartering trips specifically for whale watching, especially toward the schools of orca that made the region their home. Looking back, he's pretty certain his boat was the only one in the area at the time dedicated to the thrill of witnessing some of the world's largest and most beautiful animals. Today, the waters are spotted with various boats filled with passengers snapping pictures of the great aquatic beasts and shouting ululations whenever one smacks its enormous tail against the water, takes a playful leap, or belts a Mariah Carey song.

Terry's boat, the 110-foot Island Caper, provides generous sightlines to all passengers via its spacious outdoor deck and ample indoor viewing areas, and is decked out with a 34-speaker sound system. In business for 53 years, Island Mariner Whale Watching's unparalleled time and experience on the water offers cruise-goers an ideal experience, and also employs a seaplane to help spot whales and guide tours. With his chief navigator––a 8-year-old airedale terrier also named Rusty––Terry is right out there amid the excitement, ferrying whale watchers and sharing his life-long passion.


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92% of 168 customers recommend

  • “This tour was awsome. It took a while to find the whales but when they showed up it was a good show. I would definitely go again and recommend this to everyone.”

  • “Great day, Very friendly crew. Would use them again”

  • “Captain Brodie and the crew and office staff made this a trip fantastic. A definite must whether you live in the Greater Puget Sound Area or you are visiting from...”

    “Captain Brodie and the crew and office staff made this a trip fantastic. A definite must whether you live in the Greater Puget Sound Area or you are visiting from out of town. They provide a wide variety of information from the history of the area”

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    Bellingham

    2621 S Harbor Loop Dr.

    Bellingham, WA 98225

    +13607348866

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